Gunner - Ceremonial

Royal Artillery

This is available as a full time Army role.

THERE'S PRESSURE - BUT IT'S EXHILARATING

I FEEL VERY PROUD WHEN WE’RE ON PARADE WITH OUR GUNS.
Imagine being on parade with thousands of people watching. Or riding a horse at a royal event. Join us a Ceremonial Gunner and things like this will be part of life. In this role, you join the famous King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and become an expert rider. You perform on horseback and fire guns at state occasions. You can also get qualifications and skills, for example, in leadership. Then you can build a career – perhaps as a carriage driver or a farrier. With a great team around you plus Adventurous Training and sports, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training. 

 

Step 2
Then it’s off to Larkhill for 15 weeks to become a qualified Gunner. During your training, you must pass the Potential Recruits course held by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. When you’ve passed, you’ll go to London and learn to ride and drive in a gun team of six galloping horses and to fire Royal Salutes in London’s Hyde Park.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years - 32 years 11 months
Qualifications:

No formal qualifications needed

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 70kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • HGV truck licence
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
  • Computer Literacy and Information Technology Stage 1 (CLAIT)
  • NVQ in Learning and Development
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I enjoy being a Ceremonial Gunner because it offers me a wide variety of challenges every day. I’m able to care for, exercise and train the horses and soldiers under my command. And we’re able to compete at the highest level through the training we receive. We can specialise in a number of disciplines to become a qualified riding instructor, saddler, farrier or more. I feel very proud when we're on parade with our guns.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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